SMU Tower Center Awards Next Class of Undergraduate Fellows

The SMU Tower Center is excited to announce its newest class of scholarship awardees and undergraduate fellows for 2018-2020! Congratulations to our two Hatton Sumners Scholars, Sophomores Anna Grace Carey and Madeline Sophia Dixon. Carey is majoring in Political Science, Fashion Media, and Journalism and earning minors in Law & Legal Reasoning and History of Visual & Performing Arts. Dixon is majoring in English and History and earning a minor in Philosophy.

We also want to congratulate our three new undergraduate fellows!

Edwin L. Cox Undergraduate Research Fellow: Amanda Oh, majoring in Political Science and History.

Henry S. and Juanita Miller Undergraduate Fellow: Morgan Peterson, HCM Tower Scholar majoring in History and English.

Tom Bryant Medders, Jr. Undergraduate Fellow: Stephen Frantz, majoring in Political Science, Philosophy, and Human Rights.

The fellows, now sophomores, will work on a research project during their junior and senior years under the guidance of a faculty mentor culminating in a final paper and presentation.

Student Blog | Five Takeaways from the Sun & Star China Symposium

sun & star china symposiumThe SMU Tower Center Sun & Star Program held its first China Symposium March 15-16, “The China Challenge: International Relations of the Asia-Pacific.” Read Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Tim Smith’s top five takeaways from the panels.

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Scholar Spotlight | A Student’s Push to Make SMU’s Campus Stronger

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David Shirzad at a meeting with the Tower Scholars Program in Washington D.C.

HCM Tower Scholar and Student Body President David Shirzad has dedicated his time at SMU to making the school a better place. He’s been a Peruna handler, a member of the Mob (a group of high-spirited students guaranteed tickets to men’s basketball games), a student representative to the Board of Trustees and more. His latest mission is to give students more opportunities to have their voices heard. For this month’s Scholar Spotlight we talked to David about his time at SMU and what advice he has for younger and incoming scholars. Continue reading Scholar Spotlight | A Student’s Push to Make SMU’s Campus Stronger

Students Interview Ambassador Swanee Hunt

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Swanee Hunt answers questions from HCM Tower Scholars before her Tower Center lecture Feb. 19.

Three Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars interviewed former Ambassador Swanee Hunt about issues facing women and starting a career in D.C. before her talk at the Tower Center Feb. 19, “Rwandan Women Rising.”

HCM Tower Scholar Morgan Peterson: 64% of Rwanda’s National Parliament is made up of women. How can that model of representation be implemented all across the world?

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Tower Scholar Starts His Own Political Consulting Firm

Last year Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Zach Miller started his own political consulting firm, Atlas Consulting LLC. He’s now using the SMU network to launch himself deep into Dallas politics, already working as a finance director for an aspiring Texas senator.

Zach’s story was featured in SMU News. Read it here.

Scholar Spotlight | Jump-starting political organizations on campus

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HCM Tower Scholar Drew Wicker speaks to his congressional district at the 2016 Texas Republican Convention.

For this month’s Scholar Spotlight we interviewed SMU Senior and HCM Tower Scholar Drew Wicker about his political activism on campus. Wicker is majoring in finance and plans to attend graduate school after graduating from SMU in May.

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Speaker Q&A | The Life and Ideas of Liu Xiaobo

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China expert Perry Link speaks at the SMU
Tower Center-Asian Studies program Feb. 8.

The SMU Tower Center and Asian Studies hosted Perry Link, author and translator of many influential works on Chinese language, literature, human rights and cultural history, at SMU Feb. 8 for the program “The Life and Ideas of Liu Xiaobo.” Liu Xiaobo was China’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate before he died in July while still serving a prison sentence for inciting subversion of the state. He was an outspoken critic of both the West and China, a poet, and a scholar. HCM Tower Scholar Destiny Rose Murphy interviewed Link about his research into Xiaobo’s life before the program.

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Student Blog | Gente-fication: The Changing Face of Urban Development

genteficationThe SMU Tower Center and Latino Center for Leadership and Development co-hosted a policy forum discussing “gente-fication” and various policy solutions that could reduce the impact of the rising costs of housing and amenities for low-income locals. HCM Tower Scholar Destiny Rose Murphy wrote about what she learned.


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Student Experience | Japan-U.S. Relations in the Changing World

The SMU Tower Center Sun & Star Japan-East Asia Program hosted the discussion “Japan-U.S. Relations in the Changing World” featuring Naoyuki Agawa, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, Jan. 30. SMU Junior and HCM Tower Scholar Destiny Rose Murphy wrote about her experience at the event.

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Scholar Spotlight | Why I go on Mission Trips

HCM Tower Scholar Brian O’Donnell has gone on three mission trips to Mexico and South America. Most recently he traveled to Mexico City over fall break and worked with an organization called Hope for the Poor. The Tower Center sat down with Brian to hear about his experiences.

Tell us about working with Hope for the Poor.

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HCM Tower Scholar Brian O’Donnell in Peru.

Hope for the Poor, founded by Craig Johring, works with three main communities in Mexico City.

One is a community living in the city dump —
it’s a place of last resort for families if the father doesn’t want to turn to criminal activity to make money. The people living there scavenge for things they can sell. Craig goes there and brings food and sets up soccer for the kids.

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